Maldivian cuisine is tasty and particularly interesting considering so many dishes have similar ingredients yet taste unique. The staple diet is rice and garudhiya, a fish broth. It may appear bland and boring to the new comer, but the taste is immediately enhanced with a dash of thick fish paste and a spicy side-dish of onion, lime and chilli. Another popular dish is roshi (unleavened bread) and mas huni, a mixture of grated coconut, fish, lime and chilli which is eaten as a snack or main meal. Mild creamy curries made from ground curry pastes, fish and locally grown vegetables, such as breadfuit, pumpkin, sweet potato and eggplant, are delicious.
For most visitors, the highlights of the local cuisine are the sweet and savoury snacks which are served in all the teashops in Male’, cooked for special occasions on far flung islands and occasionally served on the resorts. The savoury snacks are usually a mixture of smoked tuna, grated coconut, lime juice, onion and chilli, while the sweet snacks are concoctions of four, sugar, eggs and a few generous slurps of coconut honey. It is quite amazing that they all look and taste so different. Here is a selection to wet the appetite: